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County declares itself a sanctuary county for Second Amendment gun rights

February 05, 2020 - 00:00
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  • County declares itself a sanctuary county for Second Amendment gun rights
    Citizen | John Jones A number of local veterans were on hand to witness county commissioners vote to name Colorado County a sanctuary county for Second Amendment gun rights at the Jan. 27 meeting.

Before a packed courtroom that included over 25 military veterans, the Colorado County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a resolution supporting the U.S. Constitution Second Amendment at the Jan. 27 meeting.

Commissioners heard from spokespersons Walt Glasscock and Chris Christensen. Glasscock talked about the “assault on citizens’ right to own guns” and the fight over gun control measures in Virginia, where Glasscock said the newly-elected Democratic legislature plans stricter actions regarding gun ownership.

Counties across the country have begun declaring themselves as sanctuary counties against gun control passed by the states.

Over 200 counties nationwide have also declared themselves sanctuary counties, and Colorado County is now added to the list.

Before the final resolution was read, Christensen addressed the court and praised the commissioners for being “a court that the county could be proud of.”

However, he did point out that he felt the resolution the court set forth did not go far enough. Christensen said he felt the resolution should include a statement of support from Colorado County Sheriff Curly Wied. Wied had previously signed a resolution stating he would not provide any assistance of enforcement, resources of men or equipment to the state or federal government should they try to enforce laws that run contrary to the Second Amendment. Christensen went on to say the resolution should include a statement by the court reflecting that county commissioners will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, detention centers or offices for the purpose of actions that unconstitutionally infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

He continued, mentioning counties such as Waller, Erath, Lamar and Madison have already declared themselves sanctuary counties for the Second Amendment.

Colorado County Judge Ty Prause thanked all the people for being in attendance, and made note to especially thank the veterans for their service to this country so we could have these kinds of meetings. Commissioner Tommy Hahn, a veteran himself, welcomed the veterans and supported the original resolution with the two Statements of Support added to it. Hahn made a motion to accept the final resolution with a second from Prause It was approved with comments from Kubesch saying, “I fully back the citizens of this county” and Wessels declaring he is very happy to incorporate the additional statements and support the resolution. Gertson also noted his approval of the final resolution.

In other action by the commissioners court:

• Tommy Brandl, Recruiting Assistant for the U.S. Census Bureau asked for permission to set up a table in the Court annex for information on the upcoming 2020 Census. He and Regina Menifee stressed it was important that county citizens apply for the census jobs because they know the county better than anyone. Voted unanimously.

• Authorized the Election Department to lease a copier.

• Amended order fixing number and salaries of office deputies and employees, setting expense and mileage reimbursement.

• Approved San Bernard Electric to place two power poles in the right-of-way of Smith Rau Road in Pct. 3.

• Executed Interlocal Cooperation Contract Failure to Appear Program between DPS and Colorado County.

• Renewed the memberships with Texas Association of Counties and Association of Rural Communities in Texas for 2020.

• Set dates and specified that the jail would be inspected by the Commissioners Court after the next Com. Crt meeting.

• Received information that employees and all elected officials must take a cybersecurity training course by June 14, 2020. The course is 4 modules at 30 minutes each.

Colorado EMS Director Michael Furrh reported that the contribution of $54,200 from the Dickson-Allen Foundation to the EMS department bought two Lifepak 15s and Lucas Devices. Those items replaced the Lifepak 11s that are no longer serviceable. Furrh said every ambulance in the county now has a Lifepak 15 on board. The Lucas Device is a automatic CPR device that allows the medic to continue emergency protocols while the Lucas Device performs auto CPR.